Division for Inclusive Excellence

We don’t strive for diversity.

We live it.

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Diversity, Inclusion, and Excellence at VCU

Inclusive Excellence Initiatives for Fall 2015

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

Dear Members of the VCU and VCU Health Community:
We are fortunate to live, work and learn in a vibrant diverse urban public university community that attracts students, faculty, staff, alumni, patients and community members to our campus daily. Virginia Commonwealth University is distinguished by the people associated with it, as well as dependent upon them to actualize its mission to advance knowledge and student success through its commitments to: an engaged learner-centered environment that promotes research; interdisciplinary collaborations; health care; diversity; and sustainability. Use this link to view Dr. Wanda Michell's entire letter.

VCU’s Affirmation of Equal Opportunity
Approved by the Board of Visitors on Dec. 12, 2014

Virginia Commonwealth University is a comprehensive, public university whose mission is to provide a fertile, stimulating environment for teaching, learning, research, comprehensive medical care and service; to promote the pursuit of knowledge; and, to disseminate professional skills.

Virginia Commonwealth University will maintain a strong commitment to outstanding achievement, educational excellence and high principle. Activities of the university are designed to promote the continuing policy of providing equal opportunity for employment and educational access to all programs and services without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, political affiliation, veterans’ status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or disability.

Use this link to view the entire policy.

See the Video: Town Hall Meeting with President Michael Rao

President Rao and members of the VCU community met on March 16, 2015 for an open dialog to reaffirm our university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and offer an overview of strategies under development. View the video

See the Video: If You Can, You Can

“If You Can, You Can” is a project at Virginia Commonwealth University to advance diversity, equality and inclusiveness by providing a common platform for VCU communities to discuss aspects of diversity, social identities, and human difference. The video, a model for future diversity and inclusiveness campaigns and initiatives, communicates the message that if you can play, you can research, train, counsel, educate, learn, coach, teach, help, and serve. View the video here.

Diversity is absolutely essential at a research university, just as it is in life.
It is an indispensable part of the learning process. It shapes what we learn and how we learn it, how we solve problems, how we interact with one another and how we think about ourselves and each other.

Michael Rao, Ph.D.
President of Virginia Commonwealth University
and VCU Health System

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